Aware that Zola‚Äôs job has been on the line amid suggestions from the club‚Äôs ownership that he was too soft, the player was mortified by the published interview.
‚ÄúThere was some negative news after the [Sunderland] match, that I said that Zola did not have control,‚ÄĚ Ilan told the Sunday Times.
‚ÄúSomething was published totally incorrectly in a newspaper that is not very serious here. But it‚Äôs the opposite. I have never had any problem with him. I‚Äôve always had good, positive discussions. He‚Äôs a very open person. I‚Äôd given an interview to a Brazilian newspaper two months ago. The paper here went after this old information and translated it incorrectly, and published something negative right after our win when I got my goal [against Sunderland].
"It‚Äôs not good for me to have this image. I called Zola and he said, ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt worry, we are used to this here‚Äô. I spoke to the captain [Matthew Upson], who said, ‚ÄėYes, I saw it, no one here thinks that. Stay calm and just concentrate on scoring against Liverpool‚Äô.‚ÄĚ